X. Jia’s well-filtered, non-sober dcpo

[Business as usual, despite all viruses!] Peter Johnstone once showed the existence of a dcpo J that is not sober in its Scott topology. That dcpo is not well-filtered either. Is there a dcpo that is not sober but is well-filtered? That is true, and the first one who found an example is Hui Kou. Since then, Xi and Zhao have also given another example, and I would like to describe another example of such a dcpo, due to Xiaodong Jia in his PhD thesis. Both Xi and Zhao’s example and Jia’s example are pretty simple spaces, but X. Jia’s example is countable. Read the full post.

Dcpos built as graphs of functions

Let X and P be two dcpos, and let ψ be a map from X to P. When is the graph of ψ a dcpo? I will give you a funny sufficient condition, which involves the so-called d-topology, and Hausdorffness. I will briefly explain how this can be used to show that every Π02 subset of a continuous dcpo is domain-complete, namely, is homeomorphic to a Gδ subset of some other continuous dcpo. Read the full post.

Borel sets, analytic sets, and the Baire property

Let me venture into the realm of σ-algebras. Yes, you might say, that is measure theory, not topology… but topology plays an important role in measure theory and, for that matter, descriptive set theory. I will tell you about sets with the Baire property. Those are pretty simple objects, or at least they appear to be simpler than Borel sets, but we will see that this is the other way around: all Borel sets have the property of Baire. The proof is pretty easy, as well. I will also spend some more time to explain a more complicated result, due to O.M. Nikodým, and which says that all A-sets have the property of Baire as well, in a second-countable space. None of that ever uses any Hausdorffness, or in fact any separation property whatsoever. Read the full post.

The Rasiowa-Sikorski lemma and the Baire property

Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year, too. There are incredible links between logic and topology, and I would like to start with something called the Rasiowa-Sikorski lemma in logic. That is a theorem that states the existence of certain prime filters in a Boolean algebra, and which was invented as a clean justification of a completeness argument for first-order logic. Robert Goldblatt realized in a 2012 paper that the Rasiowa-Sikorski lemma is a consequence of the fact that all compact Hausdorff spaces are Baire (plus some Stone duality, which is the main bridge between logic and topology). This is a beautiful argument… read the full post.

Quotients, colimits of dcpos, and related matters

How do we build colimits in the category Top of topological spaces? This is easy: we take the quotient of a big disjoint sum. How do we build colimits in the category Dcpo of dcpos? This is a much more complicated question. All colimits indeed exist in Dcpo, and this has been shown by various authors over time, but this is complex. I will explain why. Then I will explain what the definition of quotients should be in Dcpo, and how one can build them. Funnily, this is related to other questions, such as the existence of d-completions, for example. Read the full post.

Core-compact+well-filtered T0=sober locally compact

Last time, I motivated the construction of the well-filterification Wf(X) of a space X of X. Xu, Ch. Shen, X. Xi and D. Zhao by saying that it was needed to understand their proof of the fact that every core-compact well-filtered T0 space is sober, and hence also locally compact. This solves a question asked by X. Jia, and first solved positively by J. Lawson and X. Xi. I then realized that their proof contains a (somewhat concealed) gem; polishing it reveals an interesting new variant of the Hofmann-Mislove theorem, which applies to well-filtered spaces rather than to sober spaces, and rests on a funny countability assumption. We will see that the latter is satisfied in all core-compact spaces, and this will allow us to show that all core-compact well-filtered T0 spaces are locally compact, hence sober. Read the full post.


Xiaodong Jia once asked the following question: is every core-compact, well-filtered space automatically locally compact? The question was solved positively this year by J. Lawson and X. Xi. I originally planned to try and explain their result. Even more recently, X. Xu, Ch. Shen, X. Xi and D. Zhao found a simpler solution, and I have changed my plans. My new plan for this time, and next time, is to explain what they have done. This time, we will concentrate on well-filterifications of topological space, which are just like sobrifications except ‘sober’ is replaced by ‘well-filtered T0‘. Building one is not completely obvious. Xu, Shen, Xi and Zhao show that the will-filterification of X can be defined as its set of closed WD sets, a new notion that is intermediate between directed sets and irreducible sets; the proof also relies on a refinement of R. Heckmann and K. Keimel’s topological version of Rudin’s Lemma, which is interesting in its own right. Read the full post.

Sober subspaces and the Skula topology

It often happens that one wishes to show that a certain subspace A of a given sober space X is sober. The following is a pearl due to Keimel and Lawson, which was mentioned to me by Zhenchao Lyu in July: the sober subspaces of a sober space are exactly its subsets that are closed in the Skula topology. Read the full post.

Bc-hulls and Clat-hulls

Bounded-complete domains (bc-domains) are an incredibly useful form of continuous dcpos. Given a continuous dcpo X, is there a completion of X as a bc-domain, for example a free bc-domain on X? That does not exist in general, but Yuri Ershov showed that one can build a so-called bc-hull of any continuous dcpo in 1997. I will describe what that is in the full post. My point is really to show that, despite the fact that it is a complicated construction in general, this really becomes a very simple, and familiar, one when X is coherent.

Shimrat’s theorem

Marcus Tressl just found a horrible mistake in the book: I had claimed that the T0 quotient of the topological quotient of any sober space by any equivalence relation is sober, but that is completely wrong. In fact, Moshe Shimrat had shown in 1956 that you can get absolutely any topological space as a topological quotient of a Hausdorff space. In the full post, I will explain why Shimrat’s theorem directly contradicts my claim, and I will explain Shimrat’s proof. I will also comment of my own personal (hence biased) selection of the papers I think were the best among those presented at the 8th International Symposium on Domain Theory, in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China, from which I have just come back.